LOS ANGELES–ESPN Radio 710 will be the new radio home of USC football and men's basketball beginning with the 2006-2007 season, USC athletic director Mike Garrett and ESPN Radio 710 general manager Bob Koontz announced today.
The three-year contract calls for ESPN Radio 710 to broadcast live all Trojan football and men's basketball games, as well as farm out select women's basketball games to its sister station, KDIS-AM 1110.
USC football broadcasts on ESPN Radio 710 will also include 90 minute pre- and post-game shows, while Trojan men's basketball games will have upwards of 60-minute pre-game and 30-minute post-game shows.
Troy's football broadcasts also will be aired outside of Southern California on a Western network established by ESPN Radio 710. In the event of scheduling conflicts with Angels baseball broadcasts on ESPN Radio 710, Trojan football broadcasts in Southern California will move to 790 KABC-AM, another ESPN Radio 710 sister station.
ESPN Radio 710 also will air a weekly two-hour midweek evening show featuring USC athletics.
Trojan football announcers Pete Arbogast, Paul McDonald and John Jackson as well as men's basketball announcers Rory Markas and Jim Hefner will continue to call games for their sports.
"We are very excited about our new relationship with ESPN Radio 710," said Garrett. "Its signal strength throughout the day and night in the Southern California region is outstanding. The station's local coverage combined with ESPN's national programming will be an excellent platform from which to promote USC athletics. There are no greater fans than Trojans, who will bring a dedicated and knowledgeable audience to ESPN Radio 710's airwaves."
"We are thrilled that the great tradition and athletic excellence synonymous with USC will serve as a cornerstone for ESPN Radio 710," added Koontz. "This agreement will strengthen our growing menu of top program offerings and provide fans with high-quality, in-depth coverage of Trojan athletics."
Said USC football coach Pete Carroll: "We are very excited about bringing Trojan football to ESPN Radio 710. The level of success to which we strive is shared by our new station and I look forward to its coverage in the coming years."
Added USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd: "As our program grows and moves onto a bigger stage in our new arena, the Galen Center, we welcome the new stage that ESPN Radio 710 provides as well. I know USC basketball will generate a lot of excitement on its broadcasts."
Said Jose Eskenazi, USC associate athletic director: "With its strong signal coverage and dedication to USC athletics as well as its quality programming, we feel this is a marriage that will serve all Trojan fans extremely well."
ESPN Radio 710 is also the home of Angels baseball. In addition to game rights and national ESPN Radio programming, the station is home to The Big Show with Mason & Ireland and West Coast Bias with Gary Miller & D'Marco Farr.
ESPN Radio is the nation's largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content to nearly 750 non-duplicative stations reaching 17 million listeners each week. ESPN Radio's nearly 350 full-time affiliates, offering round the clock programming, include owned stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh. ESPN Radio is also the exclusive national radio network for the NBA, Major League Baseball and the Bowl Championship Series.
USC football, with 11 national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners and 141 All-American first teamers to its credit, is one of the nation's premier programs. Under Carroll, USC has won two national championships, three BCS bowl games and four Pac-10 championships.
Trojan men's basketball is coming off a 17-13 record in 2005-2006 in Floyd's first season as head coach. The Women of Troy have advanced into the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under head coach Mark Trahk, posting a 19-12 mark this past season.